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Eli Manning shrugs off injury questions, says “I feel great”

Giants’ quarterback has missed some open receivers the past two weeks

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Eli Manning on the run against Green Bay.
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After back-to-back games in which he struggled, completing only 43-of-80 passes (53.8 percent) New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning Tuesday said that health has not been a factor.

“I feel good. I feel good physically,” he said.

Manning said the big hit he took from Chris Baker of the Washington Redskins Week 3 had no lingering effect.

“No. I feel great,” he said.

“I didn’t play as well as I needed to last week. I missed some throws. So I need to play better, I have to make some more throws, better decisions, can’t turn the ball over, but we will improve. We will keep working hard and we will figure it out,” Manning said. “Last week, on a short week running some new concepts, we weren’t as sharp as we had to be.”

Manning has only five touchdown passes to four interceptions through five games. For what it’s worth, even with the struggles of the past two games his completion percentage sits at a career-best 63.6.

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He said Tuesday he believes the offense, which has failed to reach the 20-point mark in three of five games, has “just hit a little bump.”

“I thought that in the first couple games that we did some good things, had some explosive plays, could have scored more points and done better in the red zone areas -– had some turnovers that hurt us, but we were moving the ball, had a lot of yards, were running the ball well, had a lot of explosive passing plays, so the last two weeks hasn’t been as good as we want it to, but we are still doing some good things,” Manning said. “We hit a couple big plays in the passing game, had a couple more opportunities that we just missed, so we just have to get on the same page, keep working and hit some of the plays that are out there.”